West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has expressed dissatisfaction with the Chancellor’s failure to include his plans for Cornwall Stadium in his Autumn statement. The MP registered his disappointment during a Common’s Budget debate in Cornwall.
The Cornwall Council in April this year said it will provide £3million for the building of a stadium near Threemilestone to offer conference, kitchen, training and hospitality facilities for Truro and Penwith College. The stadium, when completed, is expected to be a home to the Cornish Pirates and Truro City FC. The projected is estimated to cost £14.3million.
In his contribution to the debate on the Budget Resolutions, Mr. Thomas said: “I was hoping to hear something about the stadium for Cornwall.
“For ten years in Cornwall, we have worked to try to put together a scheme worthy of Government support. I believe I did everything I could, along with all Cornish MPs and others, to convince the Chancellor to provide the £3 million still needed.
“What more can my colleagues and I do, with the people of Cornwall, to convince the Government that the money is needed and deserved, and that the scheme provides value for money?”
Cornwall is presently in need of a sports center. Part of the proposal is to extend outreach to every corner of the county, improving the health and wellbeing of children and their families.
Paul Durkin, the Chairman of Cornish Pirates RFC has expressed confidence “a positive outcome” will be received when the government reviews the approach to building the stadium adopted by its partners. The application is presently under review.